The minorities continue to be on target of the religious extremists in Pakistan. A woman professor from Pakistan’s Ahmadi community was found dead at her house in University of Punjab in Lahore on Tuesday.
The deceased Professor Tahira Abdullah had been working at PU on a contractual basis after retiring from the varsity’s Department of Molecular Genetics, reports Pakistan’s Express Tribune. Notedly, this is the third incident of death of a member of Ahmadi community in less than 20 days in Pakistan.
On March 30, a prominent Ahmadi leader, and cousin of noble laureate Dr Abdus Salam, was killed in Nankana Sahib, while a veterinary doctor was murdered in a brazen gun attack in Lahore on April 7.
The attack happened just a day after Pakistan Prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s assurances that protecting minorities living in Pakistan is the moral and Constitutional responsibility of the government. Pakistan PM has earlier condemned the mob lynching of a university student on allegations of blasphemy. “The nation should stand united to condemn this crime and to promote tolerance and rule of law in society,” he said. Expressing his shock over the death of Mashaal Khan, he said that the state will not allow any citizen to take the law into his own hands. Khan was accused of posting blasphemous messages on social media.